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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chernobyl Plan Blasted

MINSK, Belarus () -- Scientists on Tuesday protested plans to allow the military to destroy Belarussian villages contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster as part of a training exercise.

The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted radiologists as saying military firepower would cause fires and explosions, raising radiation levels 1,000 times above normal and spreading radioactive dust across an area up to 40 kilometers away.

The villages were abandoned after the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in neighboring Ukraine, but residents and looters keep returning despite bans.